Hi everyone! Just found this forum after stumbling around the dog-chat world! lol! Anyway, we have two dogs; a 5-yr-old doberman ("Heidi") & a 5-month-old standard poodle ("Raven"). The dobe is our agility champion & the standard was SUPPOSED to be our show dog, but I'm sneaking her out of the house daily for retriever training! BTW, a standard poodle makes a WONDERFUL retriever, and anyone who thinks they can't be as good as a lab or golden retriever has never seen them work! I am amazed how quickly she is picking it up, and how natural it seems for her! Can't wait to take her to the field trials & compete against the labs! Our only problem is going to be the constant grooming. My wife will get her all cleaned up for a Jr. Handler show & I'll take her out into an overgrown field or down to the lake to practice retrieving the bumpers! ) Anyway, glad to be here & look forward to sharing stories & tips with everyone!